If you build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine deSaint-Exupery

Professional Workshop Series

At the School Of Creation we take you through a step-by-step process, teaching you the tools to understand in what ways you are stuck and how to transform so that you can move forward again. The Spectrum of Creation focuses on these issues, helping you to understand why you do what you do and to transform unwanted patterns of behavior and ways of thinking. This series of workshops takes you through the following stages:

10 phases of the Spectrum of Creation 

1. The Seed: Defining Your New Direction

At this phase, you create a vision and define the seed of the new endeavor you want to create for yourself. The process includes examining where you are now and what you would like to change in your work. You explore what is unsatisfying about your current career or professional life.  In this session you begin by identifying all the ways you have separated from yourself; you examine the coping mechanisms and limiting beliefs that have prevented you from seeing your direction clearly. During the workshop you will remove blockages that have kept you from seeing and following your path.  

2. Experience: Understanding Past Wisdom

At this phase, you examine what your body remembers from the past. You observe fleeting glimpses of experiences where you were successful in becoming your true self, and also examine the blockages that prevent you from fully experiencing the vision that you had. The process includes making a list of qualities that you will need to embody, and identifying the Dos and Don'ts in attitude and behavior that will help or hinder you from achieving your goal.

3. Definitions: Choosing Possible Options

At this phase you nurture the seed of your vision, feeding it with lessons learned from the past and examining all the available possibilities. During this workshop, you begin by examining what in the past stopped the seed from maturing fully, including presenting the idea when it was only half-baked or abandoning this endeavor half-way through. You follow a process consisting of several phases: discovery and definition of the endeavor,  contemplation of its possible forms/aspects, and finally evaluation of how your body feels in relation to this endeavor in a more mature state. Then, through meditation, you listen to your body and refine your definition to hone in on the ultimate form it will take.  Finally, you create an "elevator speech" that articulates your endeavor to the world. 

4. Power: Gathering Power and Using It Wisely

At this phase you discover how to ignite passion for your endeavor in others. During the workshop you learn how to gather power and use it wisely. You first observe all the misconceptions of power, based on your body's memories. You also remove coping mechanisms that were stopping you from inspiring others to join and support you and that were in the way of your success. Next, you practice making your "elevator speech" that you created in Step 3 to other workshop participants, and check your body's reactions and the impact of your speech on others.  This process teaches you to distinguish when you are in power, and when and how you can empower others; in doing so, you learn to inspire cooperation and resolve conflicts. By the end of this workshop, you are ready to practice this with others outside of the workshop and, over the span of a month or so, apply what you have learned so far. 

5. Boundaries - Sequencing Development Plan

At this phase the element of time is introduced, and you explore how time impacts the choices and schedules you make. You learn how to establish your boundaries, thereby defining how much you can to commit at any given moment and still be able to do it with passion. During this workshop, you begin by identifying places in your body which hold fears of not having enough (e.g., time, resources, support). You first observe your limiting coping mechanisms and the types of barriers you introduced, then remove them. You learn how to prioritize and schedule activities so that you don't become overwhelmed, either by your own actions or others' desires. This often involves addressing fears, a lack of self-confidence, and letting go of the old to create the new.

6. Prototype: Reality Check

At this phase you create and implement your plan step-by-step. As you implement it, you observe the process and compare it to the previous steps: you test to see whether your vision, experience, definitions, power, boundaries and specifications, and scheduling are aligned with what you see in front of you.  During this workshop, you begin by observing your relationship with the physical manifestation of your endeavor. You observe how you get entangled with attachments to physical reality (e.g., wanting more possessions) or lose sight of your destination.  When your prototype is not performing according to your expectations, you re-evaluate the factors in steps 1-5 and identify where the misalignment(s) occurred and adjust, accordingly.  

7. Long Term Planning 

At this phase you develop a strategic, long-term plan for your endeavor. The process involves a clear and truthful evaluation of the undertaking, taking into account the requirements, resources, and all the other considerations and implications for the full implementation and progression of the endeavor.  During this workshop, you begin by observing all the situations in which your long-term planning ignored or avoided feedback from the current reality; you observe your body memory of those instances and the coping mechanisms you developed to avoid the reality check.    You transform these mechanisms and observe how the resulting opening influences your venture.

8. Infrastructure: Synchronizing All Activities

At this phase you build the infrastructure that underlies the strategic, long-term plan created in Step 7.  The process involves maintaining the broad vision whilst paying attention to myriad details, all of which need to be very carefully synchronized. Often times you need to react quickly based only on partial data. Your strategic and timely decisions need to be informed at least in part by intuition, not only logic or observable fact, or the opportunity offered at that moment may be lost. During this workshop, you begin by identifying and removing the rigid structures that remain in your body from past professional activities in order to make way for the new; this applies on both a physical and emotional level.  This allows you to open the channels within you to access your intuition. 

9. Virtual Reality - Beta testing

This phase is the culminating test of all that you have developed so far. It encompasses the entire infrastructure and everything you have created. Consequently, this final test provides a unique opportunity to receive invaluable feedback from everyone involved in the endeavor.  It requires two qualities of consciousness: 1) speaking the naked truth, without any beautification, and presenting your endeavor authentically; and 2) gathering feedback without judgment on yourself or others.  This workshop challenges you to accept others' remarks without self-doubt or fear of inadequacy.  During this workshop you discover how you create your own beautifications and also when, in the past, feedback affected your self-esteem.  You also become aware of the methods you used to protect yourself from feedback in the past.  You learn how invite feedback rather than reject it.  This workshop prepares you to launch the endeavor successfully including making effective changes based on feedback you received to optimize your chances for success.

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